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Helga with host Helga Davis features probing conversations with creative and performing artists who have a unique, uncompromising voice and a stake in the matter of social change. Davis is an internationally touring vocalist and performance artist with firm roots in the realities and concerns of her local community; guests are those who put themselves out on the edge of their commitment, who dare to change their art form and their world.

Hilton Als

Hilton Als is an intellectual omnivore who roots his art and criticism in reality and a search for the truth. A writer, New Yorker theater critic, curator, photographer, director and professor, Als’s work gracefully slips between genres to comment on contemporary American politics, pop culture and the African-American experience and to place the current condition in a longer history.


In this tenth and final episode of the first season of Helga, Als and Davis talk about what he learned living next to Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, and how to get comfortable owning your anger and art-making.


"Don’t worry. Don’t be good. Be ruthless in making the most beautiful thing you can do." -Hilton Als


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